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I began my role as Energy and Waste Manager in the University Infrastructure in July 2019 just as the University commenced the development of a new Sustainability Strategy. Coming from a corporate background, I not only learned how to navigate the University very quickly, but I also became an integral part of the Sustainability Strategy development team and joined the strategy’s Advisory Group, leading key working groups bringing both academic and professional staff and students together. I also worked closely with the strategy development team to produce targets and initiatives associated with energy, emissions and waste – priority areas of the strategy.
Since joining the University, I’ve made a very thorough effort to understand how the University works, not only operationally, but also through its research and education. I work very collegially across the University and have fostered operational links with key faculties, central areas and multi-disciplinary institutions. I am the only professional staff member Co-Chairing a research group looking at Smart Sustainable Buildings as part of the University Nanosciences Hub. In particular, I’ve made a point of building relationships that brings the sustainability objectives of both Central Operations Services (COS) and University Infrastructure (UI) together. These two areas act separately but I have worked hard to bring together colleagues to work together and use sustainability as a shared interest.
I’m a truly collaborative colleague who often goes above and beyond my role to bring success to the Sustainability Strategy. My activities and contributions have made a significant and sustained impression on not just the outcomes of the Sustainability Strategy but the team implementing the initiatives linked to it and colleagues around the University and in the ACTS network.